New Director appointed to lead Sydney Medical School Foundation

Sydney Medical School Foundation is very pleased to announce the appointment of Geoff Deakin as Director, Sydney Medical School Foundations, effective 17 January 2011.

Originally from Sydney, Geoff comes to the Foundation after almost ten years as Managing Director, KPMG’s Global Grants Program based in San Francisco, USA. While there, Geoff worked with some of the world’s leading philanthropic organisations, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, David & Lucile Packard Foundation, Ford Foundation and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

“We are very pleased to have Geoff on board in a lead role to support the research and education priorities of Sydney Medical School,” said Professor Bruce Robinson, Dean of Sydney Medical School.

“Geoff brings a wealth of real world experience about the positive impact that well-directed resources can have on medical research and the diseases that have such a devastating effect on so many lives, both young and old.”

The President of the Council of Sydney Medical School Foundation, Mr. Roger Corbett, AO, said that he and the other Council members were delighted to be welcoming someone of Geoff’s background and experience to the Foundation.

“The Council is looking forward to working with Geoff to increase significantly the funds available for medical research and education,” said Mr Corbett.

“Geoff will provide leadership to strengthen and co-ordinate the activities of the foundations, particularly fundraising and donor relations, and provide a new level of communication and co-ordination between Sydney Medical School Foundation and the other foundations at the School.”

Commenting on his appointment, Geoff said: “I am delighted to take on a lead role at an organisation that has such a long and proud history of supporting high quality medical research, and one that also has such great potential to increase the impact of medical research and education in Australia and in our region.”

“It is a great privilege to have the opportunity to support the outstanding work of the dedicated doctors and scientists funded by the Sydney Medical School Foundations. Ultimately, it’s the skill and dedication of those individuals that saves lives and improves the quality of life for all Australians and people in the many countries in our region and around the world. It’s my job to support them,” said Geoff.

At KPMG’s Global Grants Program, Geoff provided consulting services to not-for-profit and for-profit organisations, particularly US private foundations, corporate foundations and international aid agencies on a variety of philanthropic and grant related issues.

Geoff also brings significant experience in government and politics to the role. Before joining KPMG, Geoff was Chief of Staff to the New South Wales Ministers for Health, Education and Attorney General. He was also responsible for government affairs at a national industry association, the Property Council of Australia.

“I am looking forward to learning from the broader community of Sydney Medical School and to working with the talented and dedicated members of the Council, the other Sydney Medical School foundations, alumni and other generous donors and friends to build an even stronger base of support for the future.”

Geoff said that a major priority would be to build and maintain trust with donors and friends and to ensure the foundations operated with integrity and effectiveness. He stated that he would also be leveraging the University’s resources to maximise the reach and success of the foundations’ fundraising efforts.

Geoff Deakin
Director, Sydney Medical School Foundations